The Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts

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Provided by Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia launched The Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts. The mission of the new fund is to celebrate, promote, and support the arts in Northern Virginia. Thanks to a generous donation from Stephen Roberts and his donor advised fund, the Sue Goetz Ross and Stephen S. Roberts Endowment Fund, this new fund is endowed as part of The Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia. It is forever able to make grants to support the arts in our region.

To kick it off, the Community Foundation convened a volunteer panel to review Letters of Intent submitted by local arts organizations. The Foundation awarded $10,000 to 1st Stage to support its capacity building and strengthen its development and education initiatives.

“I am honored to be able to assist in the launch of the Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia,” said Stephen Roberts.  “The arts (in our case, singing classical music) brought me and my late wife Dr. Sue Goetz Ross together and then gave us many years of pleasure and enrichment together. The arts are an essential part of the life of any community and I am glad that our Community Foundation is now in a position to support them throughout Northern Virginia.”

The goals of the Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts are to:

  • Build a world class, dynamic, vibrant arts and culture sector by:
    •    Celebrating artistic genius and success
    •    Growing the capacity of existing arts organizations
    •    Assisting in the creation of new art organizations
  • Increase understanding of the central and critical role of the arts in healthy communities
  • Activate support for the arts

To learn more about the Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts, or to make a donation to this fund, please visit

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Permanent Fund, which now includes the Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts, has grown from $3 million to $10 million in current and planned gifts since October 2017.  It now includes several funds that will forever support our region, including in the areas of children and youth, education, arts, the environment, health, mental health, aging, innovation, military personnel and poverty relief.  More information is available at


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